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Midseason 2017 has seen some great new shows, some decent new shows, and some total flops of new shows. Unfortunately, one series that just hasn't been a hit with viewers has been ABC's new time travel series Time After Time. The network has officially given the cancellation order after only five episodes have aired. Time After Time has gotten the axe and will not be back for a Season 2.
All things considered, the Time After Time cancellation probably won't come as a huge shock to any who have been looking at the ratings and viewership of the series so far. The show has been averaging a meager 2.2 million viewers and a shockingly low 0.5 rating in the key 18-49 age demographic. Its highest numbers came with the series premiere on March 5, which scored 2.5 million viewers and a 0.65, and even those were discouragingly low. The March 26 episode was watched by only 1.869 million people and earned a mere 0.4 in the key demo.
Time After Time had a promising enough premise. The 2016-2017 TV season has been filled with time new travel/wacky timeline series, ranging from NBC's Timeless to Fox's Making History to even The CW's Frequency, but Time After Time was pretty unique among them. The premise followed a conflict between Jack the Ripper and H.G. Wells - yes, the H.G. Wells - as Jack used Wells' time machine to travel to 2017 and wreak his havoc on the innocent and unsuspecting of contemporary times.
As far as time travel premises go, Time After Time's wasn't without potential. The mystery of Jack the Ripper has people still fascinated to this day, and even folks who have never read an H.G. Wells book have probably heard the name. The two characters, the time travel twist, and the cast could have made for a killer show. Instead, Time After Time was a show that most viewers either didn't bother checking out or didn't enjoy enough to stick with.
The show's regular time slot of 9 p.m. ET on ABC Sundays will be filled by Match Game this weekend and in the following two Sundays. Time After Time has come to an end, and TVLine reports that ABC has no plans to bring to show back at any point. Time has run out for Time After Time. Hopefully stars Freddie Stroma and Josh Bowman will be able to find new projects sooner rather than later.